What a year 2020 has been! (and it’s not over just yet). So much has transpired from a global pandemic to civil unrest regarding social injustice and inequality, to wildfires and climate change that has greatly impacted everyone worldwide. It feels as if each day has brought anxiety, worry, and uncertainty to our front doors. There are many ways to combat what we’re going through and feeling, but if you’re anything like me, a good read can bring calm, relaxation and tranquility, in the midst of it all.
For all the book lovers and people who find reading therapeutic, I’ve put together a list of 7 Self-Help books that will inspire you to be more mindful, change your perspective on things (even if it’s just momentarily), and relieve some of the anxiety that these unprecedented times have caused. Read on to see my recommendations on the best self-help books to take on 2021.
1. Watcha Gonna Do With That Duck by Seth Godin
Like all his other writing, Seth Godin delivers straight forward, the no-nonsense inspiration for anyone who has a desire to improve themselves and begin living their best life.
2. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
This one is ruthless! Are you looking to take control, take over, and rule the world? Well, even if you want guidance on how to defend against being controlled, Greene takes years of philosophy and history and shows you how to implement strategies for your day to day life.
3. 7 Habit of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
One of my all-time favorites, Covey, shares his practical wisdom on being an effective business leader and personally. This book is life-changing and will impact you to live out your life with purpose.
4. Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness by Arnie Kozak
This is an excellent read for those of us who want to learn more about how mindfulness and meditation can help us find the peace and stress-free lives we desire. Great for beginners who want to learn about the history of mindfulness and its practice and how to apply it easily.
5. Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C. Maxwell
It’s not about IF you’re going to fail but what you’re doing to do WHEN you fail. Maxwell never disappoints when it comes to encouraging, inspiring, and giving you the advice you need to achieve your goals even when the odds appear to be against you.
6. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
This book has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, and rightly so. Tolle takes us on a thrilling journey that shows us how to live in the present moment and how the enemies inside yourself try to threaten your peace. Get ready for a spiritual odyssey that will move you toward your deepest self and discovers truth and light.
7. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
In times of depression and despair, this book helped me to get through it. I’ve re-read this many times, and every time I’ve gained a sense of strength and resilience to keep going. This book is still relevant to the climate we live in today, and you will be sure to find the inspiration you need.
Knowledge is power; only when you put it into action! If you’ve already read some of the books on the list, start with the ones that are new to you. Then, re-read the ones you’ve already read. You’ll be amazed at how you gain new insight and perspective on them the second, third, and even fourth time around. I hope these books will help you in your growth, development, and overall health and well-being. Enjoy!